Everton strengthened their challenge for European football next season as they recorded a comfortable 3-1 home victory over Crystal Palace, leaving them seventh in the league, just a point behind fifth placed Tottenham Hotspur going into their winter break.

Bernard got the scoring underway for the Blues on 24 minutes when he dispatched Theo Walcott’s spectacular cross with an exquisite volley. However, both he and the goal’s architect failed to complete the game due to injuries.

Six minutes into the second half, Christian Benteke scored his first goal since the previous April when his low shot slipped under the body of Jordan Pickford. However, the England goalkeeper redeemed himself moments later with a world class close range stop to deny Benteke’s header.

On 58 minutes, Richarlison’s bursting run and low drive into the bottom corner put the Toffeemen back in front and he almost got his second with a looping header from a corner that crashed off the crossbar only to be tucked home on the rebound by Dominic Calvert-Lewin to seal the win.

It was Everton’s fifth league win out of nine since Ancelotti’s appointment whose name reverberated adoringly around the stadium as the Goodison faithful watched their team put in a fine performance with some lavish attacking football and outstanding goals.

8th February 2020 – Premier League

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